Katzkin Leather Seat Covers and Heaters Photo Gallery
Adding Elegance In Your Driveway
Dan Ward –
Oct 2, 2013
Photo 1/25 | After Seat Install | After: It took a full day’s work to get the first row of seats and the console done. Now our project Tahoe has better looks than an LTZ-equipped Tahoe and we can take pride knowing we did it ourselves.
Photo 2/25 | Before Seat Install | 1. This is what we started with. A completely stock interior from a 2010 Tahoe LS won't raise your pulse, and the cloth seating surfaces were far from luxurious.
Photo 3/25 | Unbolting Seat | 2. Each seat was unbolted from the floor. GM uses large Torx nuts to secure the seat mounting brackets to the studs welded in the floor. We used a spline-drive 15mm socket to remove all four nuts.
Photo 4/25 | Unbolting Seatbelt Mounting Tabs | 3. Because the seatbelts are built into the GM seats, the seatbelt mounting tabs had to be unbolted. To gain access to the nut, the plastic trim panel was popped free with a small screwdriver.
Photo 5/25 | Removing Plastic Trim Panel | 4. After unplugging the airbag sensor harness, we pulled the seats from the interior and began removing the cloth covers. The first step was to pull the plastic trim panel from the backs of each seat. Editor's note: We placed the seats on a large, heavy-duty cardboard box to prevent constant bending down and wearing out our backs. This proved to be a lifesaver after a full day's work.
Photo 6/25 | Removing Cloth Seat Covers | 5. The cloth seat covers were simply held tight to the seat foam by these plastic pull tabs.
Photo 7/25 | Plastic Pull Tab | 6. There were several of them on the bottom, sides, and back that pulled free and loosened the seat cover.
Photo 8/25 | Removing Blue Strip | 7. New-body–style trucks and SUVs don't use hog-rings anymore, and for this Tahoe, the cloth seat covers were held onto the foam by high-tension plastic tabs.
Photo 9/25 | Removed Cloth | 8. By depressing one side of the tab and pulling the blue strip from the foam, the seat cover was removed from the foam.
Photo 10/25 | Removing Headrest Cloth | 9. Once the plastic retaining clip had been removed from the headrest tab, the headrests were disassembled.
Photo 11/25 | Katzkin Seat Heaters | 10. We were now ready to begin assembly of the new Katzkin Amaretto leather kit and Katzkin seat heaters. The seat heater kit consisted of four large heating elements (two per seat), compact on/off switches, the necessary wiring, and detailed instructions.
Photo 12/25 | Marked Cutout | 11. The new Katzkin leather seat covers must lock into the seat foam in the same manner as the factory cloth covers. With the heating elements in place, we marked a cutout in the element and used a razor knife to cut a small hole in the element.
Photo 13/25 | Installed Seat Heaters | 12. With the heating elements centered and the cutouts directly over the plastic tabs, the adhesive tape backing was pulled and the elements were secured to the foam.
Photo 14/25 | Kazkin Amaretto Leather Seat Cover | 13. Out of the Katzkin boxes, the new Amaretto leather kit looked incredible (shown here are the three pieces for the front seats stacked to simulate a seat).
Photo 15/25 | Centering Leather Seat Cover | 14. Once we had the seat cover centered over the foam and the heat element, the plastic strip on the leather seat cover was depressed into the foam's plastic retaining clip. The side clips were then pulled tight and attached to the seat bracket.
Photo 16/25 | Bottom Seat Cushion In Place | 15. Here you can see the bottom seat cushion in place. The seat was already looking better than the factory cloth.
Photo 17/25 | Securing Locking Clip | 16. Each locking clip on the seat back was pulled tight over the foam and secured to the seat bracket.
Photo 18/25 | Cutting Headrest Tabs | 17. After locating the headrest tabs, a small mark was made on the leather and a hole was cut to slide the headrest into the seatback. We made sure to cut a small initial hole and then slide the plastic clip in place for a professional appearance.
Photo 19/25 | Installing Headrest Leather | 18. The headrest leather took some real muscling and was held in place by two large plastic retaining clips that had to be inserted simultaneously. It took some work, but we got the tight-fitting leather over the headrest's foam and the clips in place.
Photo 20/25 | Finished Seat | 19. Now the seat was looking like a high-end luxury SUV. We could now run the seat heater wiring.
Photo 21/25 | Wiring Seat | 20. We made sure the wires were ran along the back of the seat cushion, being careful not to pinch the wires on the track, while also keeping them out of sight. Wiring was simple—it was literally a matter of finding a suitable ground and 12V source tied to the ignition.
Photo 22/25 | Heater On Off Switch | 21. The small on/off switch for the seat heater was strategically placed on the seat panel cover. Not only did it look top-notch, the location was an intuitive place for your hand to reach down and find.
Photo 23/25 | Katzkin Seat Details | 22. Inside the Tahoe, the perforated chocolate Suedezkin wings and inserts looked like a high-end European SUV, while the black contrast stitching was a nice custom touch.
Photo 24/25 | Fold Down Cover | 23. Katzkin even included the cover for the fold-down center console. We didn't show this part of the install because of space limitations. This was the most difficult part of the install because GM never designed the console to be taken apart. After some unkind words and some head scratching, the console matches the seats perfectly.
Photo 25/25 | After Seat Install | After: It took a full day’s work to get the first row of seats and the console done. Now our project Tahoe has better looks than an LTZ-equipped Tahoe and we can take pride knowing we did it ourselves.